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Stents Overused in Stable Heart Patients

Study Finds No Benefit of Stents Over Using Medications First

Practice Is Changing ... Slowly

American Heart Association President Gordon Tomaselli, MD, agrees that too many angioplasty and stenting procedures are being done in a non-emergency situation, but he says the growing evidence in favor of drug management as initial therapy is slowly changing practice.

Tomaselli directs the division of cardiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

“As more and more studies show that medicine works well and is cheaper and less risky than these interventions, I think practitioners -- even interventional cardiologists -- will be adopting this strategy more and more,” he tells WebMD.

Interventional cardiologist Howard Cohen, MD, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, acknowledges that there is still overuse of stenting, but he says most practitioners in his field are following the AHA/ACC guidelines.

“Most people are trying to do the right thing and are following the appropriate use criteria to make sure these interventions are being given for the right reasons,” he says.

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